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was his point person to the committee to re-elect the president. he was the one who conveyed to alderman the information that g. gordon liddy, that his espionage plan had been approved. so he would know what details alderman and i think nixon knew about the liddy plan. he wouldn't do it. and sadly, pat buchanan, i tried very hard to get pat buchanan to do it, he wouldn't do it. >> robert bork who was the acting attorney general at the time -- this is another issue. he's 85. still here with us. this is the issue of spiro agnew. >> by the way, one of the things that happened is you learn things. i thought in the beginning i was going to hear stories that many of them had said, through the history channel, when you do an interview for the government, it becomes public domain. i was really keen on creating free individual yes. it belongs to everybody now. i assumed they would tell stories in proprietary collections. what i started to get, what we started to get were stories i had never heard before. this is one of them. this is unbelievable, this is bork talking about how he and the attorney
million expense to keep people honest and say the government that we elect? >> guest: with respect to this program, it is extremely necessary. the reason why senate have a program designed to bailout banks and help wall street institutions, the people running the program all came from the same mindset. this is the same and with hank paulson's department of president bush and continued under president upon the treasury secretary tim geithner. people came with a wall street. their biggest concern was protecting the banks, protect them if they saw. but they didn't have people sensitive to the issues. if you shovel hundreds of billions of dollars out for me you have real vulnerabilities to fraud. there says that will try to steal that money. they are not as attuned to complex adventures. we were cognizant of the fact he needed a degree of skepticism with people and institutions they were interacting. so our role and what the role of all ig should be as the voice of the taxpayer, to be the institutional concept of pushing back when money is pushed out with not enough strings attached wh
-span: here is wendell potter. >> guest: there's the assumption that people who run governments are elected officials, members of congress. but it's not true in many cases. the power lies of corporate interests on this obvious. >> good morning folks, how are you? >> i was almost as surprised as anybody to see the reports i was the most frequent visitor to the white house during the health reform debate. it was important to keep expressing the hospital's position. >> it's an expensive world to live and in terms of getting your voice heard in d.c. but that's the whole that idiocy. >> how powerful our lobbyists and the health care system? infinitely. c-span: why did the head of the american hospital association talk to you? >> guest: they wanted to give their perspective that we wanted the above lobbyists. i don't think he's a bad guy at all. i think you just doing his job. his job is to advocate on behalf of hospitals and that's the way our system is set up. c-span: shannon brian laughed about the hospital thing. what did the health care industry get for that 1.1 brilliant? >> guest: the heal
election than the country spends on cosmetics. i mean, considering -- c-span: people are worried that the compingses now can buy -- >> guest: if you believe that, we have to go back to monarchy that the people are sheep, that they just swallow whatever they see on television or read in the newspapers? no. the premise of democracy is that the people are intelligent and can discern the truth from the false, at least, when the campaign laws require, you know who is speaking. you can't speak anonymously. you have to say, you know, identify the people who are giving -- c-span: we don't know right now. >> guest: you know the organization speaking. c-span: not necessarily. i mean, you know they don't have to -- no need to go into details, but the way some money is raised, we'll never know. >> guest: you don't know who contributes to the organization, but you know the organization speaking. c-span: that's all you need to know? >> guest: the press can find out who is hiding behind what, but that's not hard. you can tell. the premise is freedom of speech. the more speech the betterment i c
with advertising that actually inserted themselves in presidential elections. i mean, this is all about the type in the subsidy, so they would do whatever they had to do. c-span: if you're jim johnson at your desk here in washington and you're looking out at the world, you mentioned the partnership offices. how big were those partnerships? and he said there were 55 at the time he wrote the book. how big an office with that of pinup feel? >> guest: a couple people, that they would often hire family members of congressional members. so you'd be sure to make sure you're helping your friends back in washington. another ingenious thing that he came up with was to create a foundation or to fund the fannie mae foundation with fannie mae stock, which was at that point in time going to commit because the company was so profitable. what he would do at the foundation money was he with academics to write articles that were very pro-housing, pro-homeownership, pro-fannie mae and freddie mac. and so, he ended up co-opting him as the entire academic community as well by paying them while to write favorable res
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